IGPA conducts poll of experts on pandemic response
Tuesday, Jun 2, 2020
The full list of experts is here.
1) In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, officials issued a series of orders declaring Illinois to be in a state of disaster, and requiring most individuals to stay at home, except for essential activities. Should these orders be altered in any way in the coming week, starting Monday May 25?
• Officials should leave the present orders in place unchanged.
• Officials should tighten the restrictions to allow fewer public and economic activities.
• I’m uncertain what officials should do.
Pretty much divided.
2) Ideally, who should be setting or revising rules to “re-open” Illinois?
• the president and congress, through the normal national legislative process
• the governor
• the governor and general assembly, through the normal state legislative process
• county and/or city officials
• I’m uncertain
3) The “Restore Illinois” plan groups 11 Emergency Medical Services regions into four larger regions (Northeast, North-Central, Central, and Southern Illinois) that can follow different re-opening schedules. What do you think is the right number of regions for stay-at-home or quarantine rules in Illinois?
• two, in case the greater Chicago area needs different rules from the rest of the state
• four: the current plan is sensible
• 5-20: more regional variation would be useful
• more than 20: it should be possible to have variation by county or city
• I’m uncertain
Economics experts want more regions, but the others are fine with the way things are.
4) How would you rank the following sources of advice the governor might take into account in making decisions about when, where, and how to adjust emergency orders? Please drag and drop the boxes so that they are in order from most to least important.
-Medical and public-health experts and officials
-Other governors, based on experiences in their states
Legislators rank pretty low there.